What are plugins

Plugins are programs that we install in WordPress to extend its standard functionality, that is, code components. They work in a similar way to web browser plugins. They are created with the same technology with which WordPress is created. That is, they are programmed in PHP, and use HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

With plugins you can create almost anything. This is why WordPress is so strong and useful for creating successful web pages.

What is a plugin in WordPress

Plugins, as we said before, are programs or applications that we install in WordPress. They contain various functions and features that allow us to create almost anything on our website. They help improve WordPress. There are many plugins, depending on the need for our website. It includes the design, statistics, social networks, email marketing, security, web traffic, backups, e-commerce and much more. If you need another function, you can create it because you are using plugins. Thanks to the plugins you can turn a shoe blog into an e-commerce of a shoe store. There are free and paid plugins.

In the official WordPress storage there are more than 25,000 plugins. In 90% of cases you will find what you are looking for without having to create a new one.

Examples of what we can achieve with WordPress plugins

  1. Create an e-commerce with the WooCommerce plugin. In addition to web e-commerce there is a part that is not displayed on our user’s screen and that is the BackOffice. That is, the catalog of your products, order management, monitoring, stock management, etc.
  2. Create automated internal links with SEO Smart Links. It is a plugin that allows you to associate links to one or more keywords.
  3. Generate traffic with Tweet Old Post. It is in charge of moving the post archive and pages on your blog. With this information he creates random tweets.
  4. Monitor your plugins with P3 (Plugin Performance Profiler). Measure how much loading time plugins add to your website. If we have a special web page, but it takes 2 minutes to load, we will have little web traffic. It allows you to do two things: the first to assess if we tolerate the loading time with the final result, and the second to detect if your website has a problematic plugin.

If you want to know more examples visit the blog Visual examples of plugins. You will be able to visualize everything exposed so far.


It helps you create your virtual store in a professional and effective way. It is a plugin developed by Woothemes. They turn WordPress into an online store to start using it from minute zero. You can add all kinds of products, and synchronize it with the types of payment you want such as Paypal or PayU.

All in ONE SEO Pack

It is responsible for optimizing and configuring WordPress to obtain an optimal positioning in the different search engines, especially Google. With it we can modify titles, add meta-description, categories within our web page and keywords. It syncs with Google Analytics. A good alternative to this plugin in case we can’t get it is WordPress Seo from Yoast.


The Akismet plugin allows us to eliminate excess SPAM in WordPress. Give our blog an impression of extraordinary cleanliness and order. In addition, it will filter your email and you will stop receiving notifications of “junk” or spam comments. In order to use Akismet you must first install the plugin and then obtain a password that will be sent to your email.

How many plugins should I install in WordPress

It doesn’t matter how many plugins you install. What matters is whether its installation slows down your website too much. If they need forty, it does not matter, as long as the user does not notice too high a slowness or a poor quality of the web page to lose interest. Always use secure plugins to avoid loss of important information or hacks.

Types of plugins

  1. Web browsers. Extend WordPress functions to make our website more attractive. An example is Flash Adobe, which allows us to add multimedia animations.
  2. Music players. They allow the reproduction of video sound effects. Examples of this type of plugin can be Windows Media Player and Winamp.
  3. Content management systems. They help us to change the appearance of our website.

If you want to know more about the existing plugin types, we recommend you visit the blog Types of plugins . You will learn all the secrets of the types of plugins until today, but remember that there are more than 25,000.

Where can I get plugins

The main place where we can find plugins is the official repository. As we said before there you will find more than 25,000. One of them must suit your need. Also, you have the peace of mind that the official WordPress page is a trustworthy place. Other trusted places to get plugins can be blogs or magazines that talk about WordPress or paid plugins. If they offer you free premium plugins you should be suspicious, perhaps they are malicious websites.

To install a plugin, you have two options. Or you install from the WordPress dashboard in the Plugins> Install New option. Or you can also install it From FTP with the file in .ZIP

Why use plugins

  1. Expand the tools on our website.
  2. Streamlines work.
  3. Increase web traffic.
  4. With this, the conversion rate increases.
  5. Expansion of income.

If you want to create an efficient, secure and successful corporate website, Contact us. In GMOL Solutions We have an excellent group of professionals specialized in Digital Marketing and Web Analytics. We create your website in such a way that your audience is trapped and has no choice but to buy.

Trust professionals, trust GMOL Solutions.

Directora de Marketing. Departamento de Marketing Online.




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